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Art exhibitions at Kendal Mountain Festival 2018

Connection to the Landscape, mountains and nature is our central theme this year. Spreading out from the festival hub at the Brewery Arts Centre is a network of art that will immerse you in the Landscape

This year we welcome the following artists:-

Jane Rushton: Breathing Spaces

Jane will be showing paintings and mixed media works that reflects on an immersion in the landscape and environment of northern locations including the Highlands of Scotland where she lives, Greenland, and Svalbard.

Whether responding to the infinitesimal relationships that occur between elements, or taking a very large overview, these artworks are about noticing, paying attention, valuing, and sharing. 

The visual focus shifts between micro and macro, but the aim is the same – to say ‘I’ve seen you’, and through the work, to provoke visual curiosity, contemplation and reverie in the viewer.

Jane's work will be displayed in the Sugar Store Gallery which is located in the Brewery Arts Centre. Her website is here

Jane Rushton
Jane Rushton

Jenny McLaren : Tracing Contours

I am not so much a mountaineer, although I love being on the mountains, as a wanderer of the in between places. I choose paths that will take me through the passes, routes that let me see the shape of the mountain from a distance and from various directions. Walking is as important to my art practice as the actual touching paint to paper is.

The work in “Tracing Contours” will be a painted diary of selected walks taken over the 5 months leading up to the exhibition. Landscape containing both mountains and a body of water is my main subject. I find I can only paint a place by spending time in it and taking notice of as much as I can while I’m there. I take photographs and sketch and sometimes make small works on the spot, the larger paintings are all completed in the studio. I work mainly in water based media (watercolour, acrylic ink, acryl gouache) on paper, wood panels or old maps. 

Jenny's work will be displayed in the Warehouse Cafe which is located in the Brewery Arts Centre. Her website is here

Mountain of Destiny: Kanchenjunga 1929

Photographs from the 1929 German Kanchenjunga Expedition presented to E. O. Shebbeare (private collection) and paintings of Kanchenjunga by the landscape artist Julian Cooper curated by Dr. Jonathan Westaway, University of Central Lancashire.

In 1929 Germany launched its first Himalayan mountaineering expedition under the leadership of Paul Bauer. Its goals were explicitly nationalistic, motivated by a desire to rebuild a faith in German manhood and to finally leave behind the defeat and humiliation experienced in the First World War. Bauer’s various accounts of the Kanchenjunga expeditions in 1929 and 1931 are shot through with the language of struggle and military metaphors, the celebration of mountaineering comradeship harking back to the camaraderie of the trenches. Underpinning it all was a sense of German national destiny expressed in the language of racial theory.

But if the expedition’s goal was to establish German mountaineers on the world stage it also brought them into contact for the first time with the multi-ethnic world of the Himalayas. The photographs taken by Bauer and his colleagues Julius Brenner and Dr. Eugen Allwein all exhibit a strong ethnographic sensibility, sensitive to the ethnic diversity of Sikkim and the region. Sherpa and Bhotia high-altitude workers are accorded special attention. They featured in group photographs and individual portraits. One remarkable photograph features the expedition cook Tenchaddar, seated outside a tent, praying in the Lotus position. The sublimity of this image is underlined by the fact that, all too often, Western mountaineers ignored and belittled the indigenous religious practices of the expeditionary labour force they relied on.

What marks these images out as unique is that they were annotated by E. O. Shebbeare, the British transport officer on the 1929 Kanchenjunga Expedition. A forestry official and founder member of the Himalaya Club, Shebbeare was able to name most of the Sherpas featured in the photographs, preserving for us their individuality and unique identity. In one tender portrait a group of seven Sherpas lies in the grass, smiling at the camera, twirling Edelweiss in their hands. The flowers, a symbolic link with the Germans’ own Bavarian homeland, signal a tranquil moment before the fruitless struggle on the N. E. Ridge. Mountain of Destiny: Kanchenjunga 1929captures a unique moment in German Himalayan mountaineering before the deadly focus on Nanga Parbat consumed so many mountaineering lives and before German and Austrian mountaineering organizations became subsumed into the Nazi Reich.

Heaton Cooper Studio Gallery, Grasmere, Cumbria, opens 15thNovember 2018, part of the Kendal Mountain Festival 2018.

Chang Himal, Julian Heaton Cooper, 2000
Chang Himal, Julian Heaton Cooper, 2000
‘Copyright: German Alpine Club, by kind permission of Mrs Sue Morton
‘Copyright: German Alpine Club, by kind permission of Mrs Sue Morton

WAYMAKERS - Pam Williamson

ARTSPACE at The Factory, Aynam Road, Kendal LA9 7DE

16 – 18 November 10-4pm

An exhibition of work by Pam Williamson and other invited contributors to ‘Waymaking: an anthology of women’s adventure writing, poetry and art’ (see the book launch event here).

An artist living and working in the Lake District, Pam Williamson faces daily the challenge of creating fresh responses to a much loved and recorded environment. So she walks, responding in drawings, words and later in paint, to the experiences of a day, a moment or an atmosphere. Her passion for mountains and wilderness has taken her, sketchbook ever in hand, throughout Britain, and to the Alps, the Pyrenees, the Himalayas, even the Falklands.

She says: “To know mountains you have to live among them, be in them in all weathers, in all moods, in all seasons. It’s an intensely personal experience which I try to interpret with total artistic integrity. I want my viewers in some way to smell the air, feel the brush of the wind, and the rocks beneath the feet."

Her work evolves as series: recently in paint The Pass Book (exploring ancient high routes between Cumbrian valleys), Moses Trod (a myth-strewn route linking central and western Lakeland) and 36 Ways to see Scafell Pike (a homage to the Japanese artist Hokusai’s obsession with another iconic mountain). She also creates mixed media installations.

This retrospective exhibition reflects the rich variety of her work.

36 ways to see Scafell Pike - from Crinkle Crags
36 ways to see Scafell Pike - from Crinkle Crags
36 ways to see Scafell Pike - from Dale Head
36 ways to see Scafell Pike - from Dale Head

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